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Creativity and Innovation through Employee involvement

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Employee involvement/participation in (1) deciding how their work is done, (2) making suggestions for improvement, (3) goal setting, (4) planning, and (5) monitoring of their performance. Encouragement to employee involvement is based on the thinking that people involved in a process know it best, and on the observation that involved employees are more motivated to improve their performance.

Employee involvement is crucial in improvement processes. Many organizations has specifically started focusing on employee involvement in improvement processes, teaching employees how to use a methodology to identify opportunities and eliminate waste in the work.

5 necessary components for change


Motivation for change

Motivation is the sum of all considerations that influence our decisions.

What makes managers & employees take action ?

– meaningful tasks
– recognition, payment
– having fun at work

What makes top-managers act?

– success
– influence
– ambition
– power
– best enterprise
– Manager of the Year

What makes middle-managers act?

– success
– good work climate
– responsibility for certain areas
– fulfillment of tasks such as
  – number of pieces
  – quality
  – just in time

What makes skilled workers act?

– success
– “a skilled worker’s sense of honour”
– pride of knowledge
– pride of experience
– chance for further training
– challenge of tricky problems

What makes auxiliary workers act?

– success
– feasible tasks
– certain routine
– continuity
– simple, easy working method
– chance for further training

Self Discipline

Standards are written to maintain the improvements we made when cleaning and checking. What happens if we don’t respect the standards we have developed?

Form the habit of doing what is decided as you are instructed:

1) Everyone makes a rule.
2) The rule must be understandable to anyone with a single glance.
3) Give an instruction when you find that the rule is not properly observed.
4) Do what is instructed immediately.

Implementing self-discipline at Gemba

Implementing Self Discipline in the work area :

1) Always follow Standard Operating Procedure – SOP.
2) Check your Machines, Fork Lifts, Trollies etc. and make sure they are always in good working condition.
3) Set a regular maintenance schedule and conduct an overall inspection – for earlier identification of failures and required servicing.

ImageVisual management of team goals, measures and achievements






Author: Kaizen Institute - India!

Kaizen Institute – India is part of the Global Kaizen Institute operations. Kaizen Institute was established by Sensei Masaaki Imai, the GURU of Kaizen. He wrote the 1st book 28 yrs ago and that is when it all started . We operate in 30+ countries today and have over 400+ coaches helping more then 600 organizations Learn, Apply, Sustain – Kaizen/ Operational Excellence. In India we have two physical offices – Pune & Ahmedabad and 27 coaches in all.

One thought on “Creativity and Innovation through Employee involvement

  1. I would suggest a small correction in the 5Key components of Change. Let us make an actionplan once the resources are identified. This can over lap each other but in the sequence, we can have a time bound action plan only when we identified the resources.

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